12 reviews of Three Rivers Golf & Country Club
I played the main course at Three Rivers today (Kings course) as I am currently looking for a new Golf Club to join that's a bit closer to home (I currently travel about 30 miles to North Weald golf club). Three Rivers is actually my local home course, but in the 5 years I have lived in my area I have never thought about playing it for one reason or another.
We turned up an hour before our tee time as agreed with our contact at Three Rivers to discuss membership prices, packages and various other items. We received a warm welcome in the well stocked pro shop which sells everything from balls, tees and gloves to clubs and wet weather gear. We were moved into the main clubhouse, which offers superb bar and cafe facilities and were offered complimentary coffee whilst we sat and discussed the relevant items. Our contact was happy to sit and chat with us and spent a great deal of time ensuring we were happy with everything that had been relayed to us. So far so good!
We moved out onto the golf course and immediately found the course to be in excellent condition especially considering we are still technically in winter and it was a wet day in general. The fairways were well cut and maintained, and the greens were in good condition although it was obvious they had left the grass very slightly longer over the winter period to protect the greens which meant they were quite slow - we questioned this and the club confirmed once the weather improves they will be cut to full championship spec.
The course itself offers quite a stern test of your golfing abilities and has a number of undulating fairways, water hazards and a few dog leg type holes. All yardages below are from the White tees,
Hole 1 (347 yards) - Requires a good drive up the hill between two bunkers either side of the fairway. The green is reachable in two but is protected by two bunkers to the front. The green is also quite small so accuracy is key.
Hole 2 (352 yards) - A straight forward hole, providing you keep your drive to the left hand side of the fairway. Green is easily reachable in two but don't go too far as it's OOB beyond the green.
Hole 3 (515 yards) - One of Three Rivers "signature" holes. Long drive off the tee is ideal but don't pull it left as it's OOB. For most your second will be a layup to around 75 yds short of the green which is protected by a large pond to the front and a bunker to the right of the green.
Hole 4 (484 yards) - The first of the dog legs and this one is to the left. The fairway is heavily guarded by trees down both sides and is fairly narrow. Most will not need the driver, with a longer iron getting you to the turn. From there it's a further 250 yards to the green.
Hole 5 (380) - A drive down the left side of the fairway will give you the best approach down the fairway. Green isn't an issue in two for most but you will need to keep your second to the right to keep clear of green side bunkers.
Hole 6 (414 yards) - Second dog leg is to the right, and you need to hit your drive well to get over the tall trees and onto the fairway. It then around 180 to the green which has bunkers either side.
Hole 7 (370 yards) - Position is key here and you only need to go 225 onto the fairway to get a 150 yard short to the green.
Hole 8 (393 yards) - Hit your drive straight down the middle for an easy approach to the green which slopes left to right.
Hole 9 (169 yards) - First of the par three's on the course. You need to go long enough to carry the bunker on the right.
Hole 10 (361 yards) - Again not a long hole but positioning is key for a good approach. Stay to the right for the best line into the green
Hole 11 (335 yards) - Another dog leg, this one is to the right and there are trees down both sides of the fairway. Long iron for most will get you to the corner, which will leave you with a 130-140 yard shot into the green which has a larger bunker to the front right.
Hole 12 (336 yards) - A fairly short par 4 which just needs a good drive to leave you with a short wedge onto the green.
Hole 13 (385 yards) - Another dog leg right which will need a long iron to get to the corner. From there a mid iron should get most to the green.
Hole 14 (483 yards) - Fondly named "cardiac hill" by the locals, and it is a bit of a climb. Aim your drive over the post in the middle of the fairway, and those that hit long could find themselves able to reach the green in 2.
Hole 15 (135 yards) - A very short par 3 at only 135 yards from the White tees. The green is a fairly large target but is protected by bunkers on the right. Defiantly a biddy opportunity.
Hole 16 (184 yards) - A downhill par 3 which plays shorter than the 184 suggested especially if the wind is behind. A long iron should get most to the green for your second biddy opportunity in as many holes, but beware the green is guarded on all sides by bunkers.
Hole 17 (420 yards) - A solid drive is called for here to get yourself in a good position to approach the green. Keep to the right as the fairway towards the green slopes left.
Hole 18 (386 yards) - A nice hole to finish on, albeit a bit a challenge. Another blind drive over the hill will leave you with the choice of either laying up in front of the very well guarded green (pond to the right of the green) or going for it and risking a blow up on the final hole.
All in all we found the whole experience to be very good indeed. Excellent facilities, good course with plenty of challenges to overcome and all at a reasonable price whether your joining the club via membership (roughly £950 for the year), or playing a single round (£20). It should also be noted that if you take membership at Three Rivers, you also get access to the other course run by the owner of Three Rivers which is Stock Brook manor near Billericay - although this is only on weekdays.
I returned to Three Rivers today and played 18 holes on the Jubilee Course. Once again the welcome from the staff & members was warm & inviting.
The Jubilee is a short 4284 yds course (from the yellow tees), consisting of eight par 3's & ten par 4 holes. The longest par 4 being only 361yds. However, this was a more challenging course than the Kings due to the course layout & tight fairways.
The tees, fairways & greens were all in great condition, and I completed the course in well under 3 hours - ideal for a quick round before or after work.
A very enjoyable round in beautiful surroundings.
I played at the Three Rivers golf & country club for the first time this week after a friend discovered the Summer Sizzlers special offers on the clubs website. For £25.00 we received 18 holes on the par 72 Kings course followed by ham egg & chips and a pint of lager. There were also options to add breakfast, or take the same deal on the jubilee course for £15.00.
On our arrival we received a very warm & friendly welcome from the staff in the extremely well stocked pro shop, before being shown through into the very comfortable bar/restaurant area. Other food, drinks & snacks were also available.
The Kings course was fantastic, even though it hasn't stopped raining for almost a week. The course was built in 1972 and has matured nicely, with beautiful tall trees lining many of the fairways. The grass on the tees was kept nice & short, as were the undulating fairways. The rough was rough enough without being too long, allowing you to find your ball if you strayed from the fairway. The greens were in very good condition & fairly quick. Quite refreshingly for this type of club,the members we met on the course were extremely friendly & helpful, happy to discuss their membership, the course and the club in general.
On our return to the clubhouse we were served in the spike bar by the helpfull staff. The food was lovely & there was plenty of it. the pint was well deserved.
My experience was a good one & I cant wait to return. Membership was around £58 for a 5 day membership which allowed play Mon-Fri on Kings & Mon-Sun on the Jubilee. This also allows you to play at Stock Brook Manor
A lovely course to play with some interesting, and tricky, holes, not least the par 5 third which presents the high handicapper, such as myself, with a tricky "shoot for the green or lay-up" decision that invariably ends up with a splash and the dropping of a new ball!!! All in all a great place to play golf with a top-notch clubhouse to have some grub in afterwards.
I played this course for the first time at the beginning of November 05 and am due to play again in December. I loved this venue, the facilities & Hospitality were great, pro shop was well stocked but most of all the Kings course was wonderful. I played the Jubilee course in the afternoon, but found it to be a bit bland. I think it is still a young course and with maturity will become enjoyable. The only downside I found with this course (Jubilee) was it extended out a long way, therefore, a lot more walking between certain greens and tees than you might normally experience.
Would love to see a website with course info and layouts, etc.
My overall opinion is this is a great venue for private golfers and societies alike.
I and three friends of mine have played the course today 11-11-04
We were made to feel extremely welcome from the moment we walked into the pro shop......till we left at the end of a most enjoyable days golfing......would we come back again?....most definately!!
Readers should be aware that 3 Rivers is no longer owned by Clubhaus. It was recently sold to Peachey Trust who run Stock Brook Golf and Country Club. As a result of this a great deal of money has been invested in the course to improve drainage, tees and greens as well as the general layout of the course(s). At present all tees are deemed GUR but should be open in Feb 2004 once all the turfing has taken hold. The greens still need some improvement but all in all the time and money being invested will be well worthwhile.
Not a long or difficult course and current changes to the lay-out are unlikely to change that opinion. Playing off 17, I managed 45 points to win a recent competion there and that included two birdies and eight pars. No less than 10 of the par 4 holes are less than 400 yds so reaching greens in regulation is not a real challenge. Well-kept greens - a little slow maybe - and a spacious clubhouse. This is a Clubhaus course - so be prepared for anything!!
Played the King's course which is the most established. A good challenge of golf without being very long. Fairway and greens were excellent albeit a little slow. Questionable yardage on the 150 markers on a couple of holes (after both going way through the green we paced it at a 100yds!)Nice layout. Clubhaus, sorry house, was good , great pro-shop and bar/restaurant was good - book in advance for a carvery which looked great. Paid £14 on a 2-fore-1 basis so tremendous value.
Jubilee Course - having only played this course i can recommend this to any golfer trying to develop there golf game. There are some great par three some playing quite long, there is also a couple of good testing par 4's on the back nine. In all i like what the course has to offer.
If you require any other addition info on the jubilee course or the club house please contact me.
The Kings course is excellent with some tightly guarded tree lined fairways and hazards (both bunkers and drainage ditches) set at good length from the tees to catch the less thoughtful of us!
Some good carries over water on a couple of holes. Worst feature is a very long walk between some holes. Good clubhouse facilities and excellent pro-shop.
Watch out if you buy bottled water from the bar to take out with you. Check the seal as I ended up buying water which appeard to be from the tap!
The Kings course is the better of the two, having been there since around '74 it is really well developed. It has lots of challenging holes with plenty of hazards, undulating fairways and dog legs. The 18th is interesting - finishing at the club house with a large pond and bunker gaurding the pin. \r\nThe Jubilee is the newer of the two - based around a US style coures (I am told), with a few challenging par 3 holes and plenty of bunkers and hills to get in your way.\r\n\r\nOverall both course are a pleasure to play, with plenty of nice scenery - as all good Golf courses should be.\r\n\r\nThe club also has a chipping and putting practice area, changing rooms with showers, a large pro shop and a bar !!! :-)\r\n
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